Tuesday, May 29, 2012
I went to this game, knowing a few things. The first being that it was going to be painful. I went to a hockey coach, and had a brief lesson. Ever since I made a couple of changes, I've been extremely sore afterwards. It happens when you change your skating stride. I knew that the games would be a lot faster than I was used to since I haven't played with the Goaldiggers for a while. I also expected me to not be at my top level based on I haven't played in a real game in a while.
First shift, I come over the boards and there's a break away from the blue line in, and I'm the only one who has a chance to catch him. I tried to push him to the right side as I was coming from his left, and he of course went to his right side, but still scored. I was really impressed at how fast I got up to speed and caught him.
I continued with my new skating stride and it really wore me out. I expected that. I didn't eat as well as I should have, and my conditioning isn't as great as it could be. I still felt very fast. I did feel off balance at times, but it'll take getting used to. At one point, battling for the puck along the boards and I just fell on my knees because I was so tired.
I had one good hustle move on the power play. I raced to keep a puck in at the blue line and dumped it back in. The other winger was able to pick up the puck, dance through two defenders and score. I don't think I got an assist on it, but if I don't win that race to keep the puck in, we don't get that goal.
Other than that, I felt I was pretty invisible. I made a mistake here and there but I didn't do much. I don't know if its because I'm in the wrong spots, or I'm just too slow for this league, but I don't get a chance to do much with the puck considering I'm a winger. Defensively, I guess I did ok. I constantly had two guys up high, and I tried to cover both of them when appropriate.